Planted on own roots in 1968
The colour of this wine, at seven years old, is a great indicator of its freshness. Along with the signiature bright straw/yellow that the great Hunter Valley Semillons develop, it retains hints of the bright green hue that it had on release. The aroma opens to lime, lemon kaffir and Tahitian lime boldness. Guava, passionfruit and tinned pineapple.
On the palate this wine has terrific energy, a bulletproof core of Hunter Semillon purity with satiny texture and limey acid backbone. The complexity of white honey, white fig with fine hints of candied honey and flint are the result of bottle age, and showcase exactly why we re-release this wine after seven years. This illustrates precisely where our new release 2017 Semillon will be in seven years.
A warmer than usual start to the season saw early budburst and flowering across the entire Hunter district. Rainfall was lower than average over Spring but adequate soil-moisture led to good canopy growth and fruit set. Dry conditions through January resulted in lower Semillon yields than normal but heightened flavour intensity, with more prominent aromatics than usual.
This hand-picked fruit was destemmed and crushed immediately after picking, loaded straight into the press and run on a gentle cycle to only extract the purest juice. We cold settle, rack and then ferment clear juice using a particularly neuteral pure yeast culture in stainless steel tanks, strictly temperature controlled to maximise varietal freshness. Bottling occured soon after primary ferment was completed, without fining or malolactic fermentation.
An extremely limited release of our Hunter Valley Semillon, now showing an abundance of complexity after careful cellaring.